A very surprising little film with powerful, precise performances from its main players and a wonderful design - the gorgeous sets and costumes were a welcome sight. The story was a little too subtle, and towards the end the subtlety just created a predictability with all sense of mystery and intensity completely burned off. But in the end, a great little feature debut from Schneider.
Great performances and obvious good intentions still yield a mediocre film. The film feels like a collection of moments rather than a cohesive vision. It is worth watching just to see old pros like Duvall, Murray and Spacek share scenes together. The cornpone musical score is overused and starts to seem like a desperate device to give scenes lift they would not otherwise have.
This movie has been on my Watch List for awhile However, I was somehow painfully disappointed. The acting was superb, mainly from Duvall, but that was to be expected. What stopped this movie from hitting home was the poor plot development, and the unexpected yet cliche turn that it took toward his reason for becoming a hermit. The suspense held just long enough, but it didn't deliver the goods.
Not an especially deep or insightful movie but it feels like it is thanks to consistently outstanding performances from every player on the screen but led by Robert Duvall in top form. Just sit back and enjoy.
Robert Duvall manage to make a difficult role as an outsider become sympathetic and likable. Some great character drama and comedy and good historic atmosphere over it but it do end with an annoying "I confess my past and regrets to an entire crowd" sequence at the end that I dislike enormously.
A lovely combination of comedy and drama sees a top-notch Duvall and a nice supporting cast - Black is the standout showing again he should be getting far more work - bring to life this sweet and just the right side of sentimental tale of a man looking back on his past. It looks beautiful with great camerawork from David Boyd and a lovely score by Kaczmarek. It doesn't soar but it's a nice enough tale.
Well, it could have been a compelling piece. It has a promising premise, but the script itself seriously fails to perform. I don't have a problem with an isolated-seem to be bad guy who seeks redemption plot. but the execution was bland. It's too structured and rule abiding script that another average american films ( good or worse than this) tend to repeat over and over again that sink this boat.